Good Morning Monday ~ And what a week it was

These Mondays are just coming too damn fast! This year is just flying, and some days I feel as if I’m barely keeping my head above water (while the words ‘just keep swimming’ pay on loop in my head).

So this was an interesting week… Imagines came out! And because I have the most incredible readers on the planet, it went straight to Number One in Gay Romance!!  In the first 24 hours, Imagines was #1 in 6 countries!  I’ll never not be amazed, and truly humbled. If you’ve bought, read, reviewed, whatever, thank you from the bottom of my heart.

You can find Imagines at Amazon.


As you may or may not know, an ARC of Imagines was put on a pirate site before release day. That means someone who was trusted with an Advanced Reader Copy shared the file with someone else.

The investigations are still ongoing, so I can’t say too much, but it’s made me rethink my sending-of-ARCs process. There is a long version response, but the short version is I probably won’t be sending out any more ARCs. 😦  I’m still undecided, and my feelings might change at some point, but as of right now my answer is no.

So, how should people who steal books be treated? Well, I’m not really a violent person, but there’s this…


From extreme lows to awesome highs, the audio of Red Dirt Heart 2 was voted Audio of the Month at Love Bytes! A HUGE thank you to all the readers who voted, and especially to Joel for the amazing job he did giving Charlie and Travis a voice. ❤


On a personal note, I’ve been struggling with illness. About two months ago, I was mowed down with some kind of virus and I’m simply not recovering. Basically, I feel like I’ve been hit by a bus. So far, they’re calling it Post Viral Fatigue Syndrome, but I’ve had more tests done to see if it’s not anything else. Thankfully my doctor is keen to help me get to the bottom of it.

It’s really killed my productivity and ability to focus on writing. I’m so exhausted all day long that I’m struggling to write at all. My WIP is at 10K, and it should have probably been finished by now.  I’ve ordered Dragon speech software, which I’m hoping will arrive this week, and it’ll be interesting to see if I can get more done that way. I’m told it takes some learning, but perseverance is key. Also, teaching it Australian might be funny (or infuriating), and who knows? If I don’t say the word “comma” eleventy billion times, my editor just might thank me 🙂

Fingers crossed it helps and I can dictate my words instead of typing.

Until next week… ❤

Good Morning Monday! April, ahoy!

It’s just a short one from me today. I can’t believe it’s April already – but the days are getting shorter, colder. It’s dark when I get up now, and the sun sets sooner, which means winter is on its way. I love the colder weather though. There’s something about wearing woolly jumpers and fluffy socks that’s comforting to me. Don’t worry, I’m sure I’ll be complaining about it when I’m standing court side at tennis in the freezing cold at the butt crack of dawn, wishing it was summer. LOL


Imagines update: Everything is on track for release on the 10th April. ARCs should go out in the next day or so. I can’t wait for everyone to read it!!


WIP update: I have started Yanni’s Story. I’m barely into it though, but I can tell already there will be angst, but also personal growth and the realisation of self-worth. There is an age-gap. I’m not sure if you remember from Spencer Cohen Book Two, but Yanni is 21 years old, and Peter is 43. (Reminiscent of Tom and Cooper, no? LOL) But there will be daddy-kink as well, which is something Tom and Cooper never really delved into.


I’m away at the end of the week for a few days, so I’m doubtful there will be a post next week. I won’t have much to report on anyway, because there will be very little writing done this week. *sigh* Such is real life.

Until then…  ❤

Good Morning Monday! News, updates and Imagines

 

It’s almost April, and boy is it going to be a busy month for me. I have a release, a blog tour, a bookbub featured deal, and some other secret squirrel stuff happening, AND I’m also away for 20 days of it. I highly doubt I’ll be online much over the next month and would urge anyone who needs to reach me to email (not PM or tagging on FB because I just won’t see them).  It also means I won’t get much writing done, so it will be a while before my next books come out. As frustrating as it is, these things can’t be helped, I guess.

My next book, which I hope to start this week, is Yanni’s Story. You might remember Yanni from the Spencer Cohen Series. I’m really looking forward to letting his story unfold. I imagine there will be some angst, but it will mostly be a story of healing, age-gap/daddy-kink 🙂


Imagines now has an official blurb!

Jack Brighton and Lawson Gale have been together for six months and are very much in love. Lawson’s work ensuring the survival of the Tillman Copper is demanding as ever, and Jack’s work with the regeneration of the bushfire-ravaged national park is just as hectic.

When Jack suggests they take a short trip, Lawson agrees. But then he is offered a two-week research position in tropical Queensland to help determine why the Ulysses butterfly is on the decline. Figuring they could combine work and pleasure, Jack and Lawson go on their first vacation together.

Working alongside renowned professor Piers Bonfils isn’t easy. But personal and professional differences aside, Lawson is offered a more permanent role in Queensland. Torn between his new life in Tasmania with Jack and a dying species of butterfly he feels compelled to save, Lawson has to decide where his fate lies.

But fate changes the rules. On a research expedition into the depths of the rainforest, suddenly it’s not only the butterflies’ existence that hangs in the balance

A butterfly’s life cycle never changes. From larvae to imago, their course is plotted by design. Jack and Lawson need to determine where they stand, if they live through it. Because the only thing more incredible than one imago is two.

RELEASE DATE: April 10th 


I’ve also taken three books out of the Amazon exclusivity clause. This gives folks who don’t/can’t/won’t use Amazon to buy at other stores like iBooks, B&N, Kobo, etc. I do try and move all my books around to keep it fair, though it’s not always an easy feat and sometimes I forget… (I blame writer-brain for that LOL)

First, my Gay Sex Club Stories, written as A. Voyeur, can now be found at the following outlets:

Payhip:  Book 1   Book 2

Smashwords:  Book 1   Book 2

Amazon:  Book 1   Book 2

And Blood & Milk can now be found at the following outlets:

Payhip

Smashwords

Amazon

For some strange reason, Smashwords is taking aaaaaages to assess the files for distribution to iBooks, B&N, Kobo.  Normally they’re super quick and only take a day or two, but these are going on five days without any word. Fingers crossed it won’t be much longer. I’ll post links ASAP.


In audio news, Red Dirt Heart 3 has been scheduled for October, and production for Cronin’s Key is due to start real soon! I’ll be sure to keep you posted on any updates I have!


That’s it for this week!  I will try to keep posting updates during April though there may be a week or two where I can’t.  Until next week…

Good Morning Monday ~ Imagines Cover and News!

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Well, it’s been another super busy week!  Despite being under the weather for most of the week, I finished the first draft of Imagines, did a read through, fixed some stuff, and it’s now in the hands of my editor. For those who missed it, the title of the sequel to Imago, is Imagines.

Finding the right title to follow on from Imago wasn’t easy, when it was so very specific to its meaning. So, going back to its origins, I found the the only thing better than one imago, was the plural… And so Imagines was so named.

The Latin plural of imago is imagines, and this is the term generally used by entomologists.

Now for the cover!!

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In keeping with the original and how the Imago cover had the Tillman Copper on the cover, the cover of Imagines now represents the kind of butterfly Lawson is focused on in Imagines, which is the striking blue Ulysses.  Harper By Design has done another outstanding job.

I’m hoping to have Imagines out April 10th, but this is subject to change.

I’ll have the blurb to share with you soon as well 🙂   Jack and Lawson have been such a treat to write – so very lovely, sweet boys, and I hope everyone loves the conclusion to their story.

Now for some shameless bragging, Imago spent FOURTEEN days at #1 in the US Gay Fiction (except for two days in which Switched (my December release) went to #1 after a BookBub featured deal – so I had the #1 and #2 spots)  which is a HUGE feat!  I was so shocked and humbled. And it really does prove that I have the BEST readers on the planet! ❤

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Imago has been Book of the Week at Love Bytes Reviews AND at Diverse Reader ❤


Now, I know last week I said I wouldn’t have any books out in March… which has turned me into a liar. LOL  Because the Rote Erde 2 (the German translation to Red Dirt Heart 2) is NOW LIVE!!

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You can find it at the following outlets:

Amazon

Smashwords

B&N

iBooks


That’s it for this week!  I will be away from home next weekend, so there probably won’t be a post. Until next time…

Good Morning Monday! Can you believe it’s almost March already?

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I cannot believe how fast this year is going already!!

And are you ready for this? I actually have no books scheduled to release in March… It’s like whaaaa?  LOL  I know, right?

It’s been a crazy two months, and I’m looking forward to the slower pace to concentrate on writing. Releases are hard work, time consuming (and awesome) but they do cut into my writing time. Given that in the last eight weeks, I’ve had three new releases, (Switched, Perfect Catch, and Imago) and three translated title releases (RDH2 in French, Cronin’s Key II in French, Spencer Cohen Book 1 in Italian) and RDH2 in audio as well, it’s been HELLABUSY.

The sequel to Imago should be out early-mid April, but until then I’ll have my head down with writing ALL the words 🙂


Speaking of Red Dirt Heart 2 in audio…

It won AUDIO OF THE MONTH at Open Sky Book Reviews!!!

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I’ve said it before, but the narrator Joel Leslie does an incredible job and totally deserves recognition for his work here. You can grab it at Amazon or iTunes or Audible


As I mentioned above, Spencer Cohen Book One is now in Italian!!  I can’t believe these boys are being translated all over the world. It’s an incredible honour!

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You can find it at Amazon or at Triskell Rainbow!


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I can’t do a blog post this week without mentioning a very ENORMOUS thanks to everyone who has bought, read, and reviewed Imago. Jack and Lawson hit #1 in SEVEN countries, which is mind boggling for lil’ ol’ me.

Actually, it did this:

#1 in US, UK, Australia, Canada, Germany, Brazil, France
#2 in Netherlands
#3 in Japan

I’m so very honoured and humbled by the people in this M/M community, and I just LOVE how global we are.

For those who love a paperback, check out this GORGEOUS cover. Paperbacks are now available HERE.

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Some very exciting news:

I will be a featured author at GRL2017!

Denver, Colorado, here I come!!  I should add a very seriously disclaimer to this though – my attendance will totally depend on the current US government’s level of craziness. Unfortunately, I’m not kidding.

Until next week!  ❤

Good Morning Monday! And Tom & Cooper are on sale!

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What’s new this week?  I’ve been writing, editing, and proofreading. So all in all, nothing new. LOL

On a personal note, my kids have gone back to school and sporting obligations have also started. I’ve also committed myself to doing CrossFit 4-5 times a week. (Or I should be committed, given it’s been 40C all week I’m certain that makes me crazy LOL) Yes, it means sacrifice to some areas of my ‘free-time’, but I need to do this for me. It just means I need to be more organised with my time and stop procrastinating when it comes to my work hours. My writing schedule is hellabusy this year, so I’ve re-engaged my Internet block and won’t be on social media as much in the next few weeks. I have a job to do and deadlines to meet! Which means more books, so I’m guessing people won’t mind 😉


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In some exciting news, I am Author of the Month at Bayou Book Junkie!  I had fun with their interview, totally humbled by the lovely things other M/M folks had to say about me, and offered some insight into my writing.  My entire backlist will be in the spotlight throughout the month, starting with Spencer Cohen and The Weight Of It All and Perfect Catch, and a special cover reveal toward the end of the month! Stay tuned for that one!


Have you met Tom and Cooper yet?

Also this week, Elements of Retrofit (Thomas Elkin, Book One) is on sale!! Starting from February 7th, it will be just 99c!

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And also discounts for the rest of the series:
Clarity of Lines   £1.99/$2.99/€2.99
Sense of Place   £1.99/$2.99/€2.99

You can find Elements of Retrofit on

Amazon

Pride Publishing

Kobo

A huge thank you to Pride Publishing for running the Bargain Booksy promotion!


So, just a short one this time. But for those who like to keep up to date on my WIP progress, the sequel to Imago is now at 17K.  That’s it for now! Until next week…   ❤

Good Morning Monday ~ Week 2

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Wow, we’re into the second week of 2017 already.  Time surely flies when there are 7493769495 books to read… 😉

Just a quick update this week.  I brought my WIP up to 31K. I’m thinking it will be 40K in total, and I’m hoping to get the first draft done this week before I leave for Sydney on Friday (I’m having a week off and taking the kids + 1 to Sydney for a week of shopping and fun stuff).  If you don’t already know, my WIP is called Imago (pronounced emargo) and is about Lawson Gale, a lepidopterist, who finds himself in the woodlands of Tasmania where he meets Parks & Wildlife officer, Jack Brighton. Love and butterflies, my friends.

I’m thinking there will be a sequel because they’re just so stinking cute. I have the cover to Imago and will share it soon. It’s GORGEOUS.  Imago should be out late Feb, the sequel possibly April.

Perfect Catch comes off Payhip today and goes onto Amazon KU tomorrow.  This is your absolute last chance to grab it before it’s exclusive to Amazon. You can find the link HERE.  I will post the links to KU when it goes live 🙂

Switched has been a wonderful success, and I am truly grateful for all my readers. And for those who take the time to review, I give you virtual cookies. ❤

In other news, I have the audio of Red Dirt Heart 2 coming out soon, and the French translation of Cronin’s Key II!!  🙂  I’m so excited!

Here’s to a positive week!  Lots of words, books and love.

Until next week…

 

Good Morning Monday ~ Hello 2017!

Welcome to 2017!  

My first post of the year!  I’m not one to make New Year’s resolutions, but I really want 2017 to be productive, happy, and healthy. I’ve set my writing schedule for this year (and had to change it three times already LOL) but it will be another ridiculously busy y
ear.

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And what a way to bring in the New Year… When 2017 crawled around, Switched was at #1 on Amazon in six countries (US, UK, DE, CA, FR, BR) !!! And in the Top 5 of another 2 (AUS, NL) !!  I am, and will always be, humbled and grateful for you guys. ❤  Let’s hope it’s a sign of what this year might bring!


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In light of All Romance eBooks closing (and their rather spectacular display of mismanagement, theft and lies  –  which you can read about HERE and HERE) I’ve started listing my non-Amazon-exclusive titles on Payhip. For those unable/unwilling to use Amazon, it’s a third-party hosting site where customers can pay for, and download, ebooks directly from the author. All payments are done through PayPal, and the file is downloaded directly to your computer.  You can check out my profile HERE.


TheWeightOfItAll Cover 200x300The Weight Of It All is now not exclusive to Amazon!  Some other buy links are:

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I’m still waiting for the listing to go through to iBooks, B&N, Kobo etc. I will post the links as soon as I have them 🙂

 


Coming up on the 10th of January, Perfect Catch will release as a single title. It was part of the It Was Always You Anthology where, with the other M/M Daily Grind authors, we raised a phenomenal amount of money for One.N.Ten charity. I will post more on that when we can 🙂   But, getting back to Perfect Catch…   It’s a 19K word short s
tory of Cal and Troy, two Aussie best mates who fall for each other, hook, line and sinker.

Look at this gorgeous cover, made by the even lovelier Sara York 🙂

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Blurb:

Calvin Lynch and Troy Hoffman have been best mates since they were fourteen years old. They’re both hard-working tradesmen, both love weekends away fishing, bot
h gay, but have never been single at the same time. Until now.

What is supposed to be a weekend away fishing with a group of mates, changes at the last minute when friends bail out in an attempt to give Cal and Troy some alone time.

With more than just hooks on the line, can these two see what’s been right in front of them the whole time?

The Perfect Catch is a short story about falling for your best friend hook, line, and sinker.

I’ll be posting Perfect Catch on Payhip on about the 5th, so non-Amazon customers have a chance to purchase the book, prior to the 10th, when it will go exclusive to KU.

Coming back to my 2017 schedule, at this point, it looks like there will be seven new releases,  and four re-releases of books where the rights revert back to me. Eleven in total, not including translations and audio, makes for a busy me. But that means lots of books for readers!

Oh, before I forget, if you want to sign up for my newsletter, for further updates, news, promos and whatnot, you can do that HERE.

So, welcome to 2017! And let’s make it a bloody good one!

Until next week…

Good Morning Monday and a Happy New Year!

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My final Good Morning Monday post for 2016!!  I can not believe another year is over, but let’s be honest… I don’t think anyone is too sad to see 2016 end. It’s been a trying year, and there’s been a lot of loss and upheaval, a lot of change, and a lot of uncertainty.

But there’s also been some positives as well.

Let’s do a recap, shall we?

Let’s look at it in pictures first 🙂

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I released six books (Spencer Cohen Book One, Two, and Three, Blood & Milk, The Weight of It All, and Switched is due out tomorrow) which is approximately 325,000 words.  I also had a 20K short story in an anthology. I had five translations, re-released one novel, and released one five-book bundle. And my first ever audiobook!  Which, is a combined total of over  one million words I’ve had to write/edit/format/release. It’s been a crazy-busy year.

I was also lucky enough to travel around the USA for six weeks, ending my trip at GRL 2016 in Kansas City, which was amazing.

I got to meet people I’ve talked to online for years, and I got to meet readers who I’ve met through social media, and it was an absolute highlight for me.

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I was also lucky enough to travel around the USA for six weeks, ending my trip at GRL 2016 in Kansas City, which was amazing.

I got to meet people I’ve talked to online for years, and I got to meet readers who I’ve met through social media, and it was an absolute highlight for me.

And looking at my schedule for 2017, I’m thinking it’s going to be even busier. God help me. LOL

So, my fair and fabulous readers, please have a safe and prosperous New Year, and I’ll see you in 2017.

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Good Morning Monday – Merry Christmas!!

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MERRY CHRISTMAS, HAPPY HANUKKAH, HAPPY DECEMBER, HAPPY SUNDAY!

I’ve had another busy week! My kids finished school for the year, which means all sport is on break as well. Except for my daughter’s CrossFit and barbell classes – they’ll go all year. But tennis and basketball is over until the new year!  I’ve been busy with first and second round edits of Switched this week, and have been adding some words to my new WIP as well. Oh, and did you notice my blog posts have a pretty new design? I thought it matched in better with my website 🙂

The word count on my WIP has stalled at 14K while edits are going on, but I’m hoping to add some more this week.  I can now tell you all that my WIP, instead of calling “my WIP” has a title, and that title is Imago.  Pronounced imargo, it is the story of a lepidtopterist (one who studies butterflies – hence the title of Imago) who meets a man that works for Parks and Wildlife Services. It’s a cute, gorgeous story set in Tasmania, Australia.  I can’t wait for you guys to meet them! I just need to finish their story first LOL  I’m going to aim for a February release, all things going well.

I’d love to get my word count on Imago up to 20K by the end of the week, but that might be aiming a bit high. I have my in-laws coming up this week, so I’ll be busy with them, and also getting final proofreading edits done for Switched for release day on the 27th.

Not to mention last minute Christmas shopping for presents and food, which I’m still putting off. I might make the kids come with me. I mean, if I have to suffer, it’s only fair they suffer with me, right??

We had another milestone in our house this week, with the 18th (yesterday) marking our two year anniversary of bringing Ruby, our crazy dog, into our lives.  As you can see from this photo, she’s not spoilt at all  🙂
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I know I’ve shared the cover to Switched, but it’s so pretty, let’s look at it again. And a blurb for those who might not have seen it on my social media.

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BLURB:

Israel Ingham’s life has never been easy. He grew up in a house devoid of love and warmth. Nothing he ever did was good enough. The fact Israel is gay just added to the long list of his father’s disappointments.

Then a letter from Eastport Children’s Hospital changes everything.

A discovery is made, one of gross human error. Twenty-six years ago two baby boys were switched at birth and sent home with the wrong families.

Sam, Israel’s best friend, has been his only source of love and support. With Sam beside him every step of the way, Israel decides to meet his birth mother and her son, the man who lived the life Israel should have.

Israel and Sam become closer than ever, amidst the tumultuous emotions of meeting his birth family, and Sam finds himself questioning his feelings toward his best friend. As Israel embraces new possibilities, he needs to dissect his painful relationship with his parents in order to salvage what’s left.

Because sometimes it takes proof you’re not actually family to become one.

Oh, I’m also in the final round for AUTHOR OF THE YEAR at Gay Book Reviews which is pretty freakin’ amazing!!!  If you’re inclined to vote, you can do so HERE. I’m in some incredible company on this poll, and I’m truly honoured to even be nominated. ❤

And Spencer Cohen Book One is in the final for BOOK OF THE YEAR! You can vote for him HERE.

That’s it for this week. Short and sweet, much like me! LOL

I hope you all have a wonderful time over the holidays.  I know not everyone celebrates at this time of year, so regardless of faith/beliefs, enjoy your weekend anyway. It doesn’t bother me one bit which/what/how/when you believe, I wish you all health, happiness and peace.

Much love, to you and yours.  ❤

Until next week…